Gerg: Master motivator. The teddy bear method (gif)
He is a mastorvator.
Who else thinks Mouton looks like he's headbutting Demens?
Mouton is not the butt of this joke
After his little engine that could speech combined with this, I think he is destined to coach little kids.
His defense is getting shredded at home for the umpteenth time, and he's playing around with a stuffed animal on the sidelines? WTF? How can he maintain the respect of his players and assistants after that? It's just weird.
Seriously, I think it might be a sign of somebody who's losing his grip on things.
I think its a sign of someone who knows he's going to be fired at the end of this year no matter what so he might as well try to enjoy the time he has left. I found it pretty funny to be honest, our defense getting shredded isn't surprising or saddening anymore -- it just is what it is.
A plush toy is a very apt metaphor for the current state of the program, or at least the defensive side of things. Soft. Cuddly. Squishy. Infinitely yielding.
I'm with you on this one Don. I was at the game and read a bit about it on the board last night and was pretty bewildered candidly. It wasn't until today that I realized it actually happened.
I'm not sure which is more embarrassing. Getting curb-stomped by yet another team's defense or whatever the F that was on the sidelines.
I can clearly remember where I was when I heard on the radio that Robinson had been hired by RR, and I can just as clearly remember the words that I blurted out to an empty car: "You've got to be fucking kidding me." My second thought then was that RR had just hitched his wagon to a half-blind horse that was very likely to lead him right over the cliffs coming up ahead. Unfortunately, nothing I've seen since then gives me any reason to think I was wrong. I think it's easily the worst coordinator hire on either side of the ball by a HC at any major program in the last decade.
I remember being quite annoyed by the hire myself.
i also remember the announcement. My first reaction was "Greg Robinson.....that's not the ex-Syracuse coach is it? He sucks." Unfortunately it was.
My next-door neighbor here in A2 grew up in Missouri, and although the Mizzou Tigers are still his #1 college team, he's become a UM fan gradually. He's also been a lifelong KC Chiefs fan, and a few days after the announcement of Robinson's hire we got to yakking about it. He was incredulous that RR had hired him, since GERG was basically run out of KC because his defenses were so bad under then-HC Dick Vermeil. He thought that RR had just shot himself in both feet with the hire. I unearthed some old articles from the KC Star about Robinson's tenure there, and they are still making nasty comments about Robinson after he's been long gone. Apparently the final straw was a playoff game against the Colts in which Indy didn't have to punt once since they just went up and down the field with utter ease against the Chiefs. Sound familiar?
Even from a PR standpoint, it didn't make sense. Here is Rodriguez, fresh off the first losing season since the mid-1960s, with virtually the entire UM fan base predictably on fire over it. Why in the world would somebody in his shoes hire a guy who has just been fired himself after helming four of the worst years in Syracuse football history? That's hardly smart optics, as they say.
I was in disbelief when he was hired. All I could do was rationalize: that, well, maybe Robinson's failures in Syracuse just meant that he had been promoted to his level of incompetence, and that he actually might be good if he focused on defense alone. When people brought up his horrendous defensive rankings at SU, I told myself that it was due to personnel issues. When people brought up his failures in the NFL, I told myself that it was a different level of football, and thus was irrelevant. When people suggested that giving up 568 yards to Indiana might be a worrisome sign, I told myself, "Ben Chappell really is a superstar." Finally, when a very ordinary MSU offense ran all over us, I had my moment of clarity: GERG was a bad defensive coordinator.
My username is jmblue, and I'm a recovering GERG enabler.
Wisconsin punted once.
But this is just strange.
...but I actually consider that teddy bear thing to be a substantive reason to think GERG isn't the right guy to coach the D. What the hell? Can you imagine Bill Belichik rubbing one of those in the face of one of his LBs? Charlie Strong playfully bopping Brandon Spikes on the head with a gator plush toy during gametime?
Maybe it's him trying to be loose and get the defense to play well, but this reminds me of a conversation I overheard between two defensive players (don't want to name names, a DL and an LB) while they were walking back from the general direction of Oosterbaan two summers ago. Basically, the DL was doing a mocking impression of GERG and laughing him off as a pushover.
At the time I chalked it up to the DL being an immature underclassman or just two guys kidding around, but it seems to jive pretty well with the guy that GERG appears to be. I just don't think the players have bought in to him.
Does he remind anyone else of Wade Phillips?
Thanks for the story. I suspect that there are a lot of things about GERG that make it hard for players to respect him. A primary factor is that he has had very little success in fielding good collegiate defenses recently and that he has had very little success developing players and sending them to the NFL.
Can you seriously imagine a top-tier defensive recruit wanting to sign to play for him? We need to have him replaced within a week of OSU. The new hire should be someone who is tough and creates buzz (and has liberty to bring in his own staff).
I can't even find the words to describe this. I started laughing.. a lot... but it felt like one of those laughs where I was crying on the inside at the same time.
Sometimes being a Wolverine feels a whole lot like this:
At least he wasn't picking his nose on camera this week. Progress and all.
I think we need a separate GIF of that incident too. Just to consolidate it all into one thread and whatnot.
A mashup of Gerg picking his nose and then going to wipe it on Demen's neck would be fantastic.
I think it's cute
I think all the hair products GERG is using is seeping into the brain. Next thing you know, he will be calling offensive plays with the punch in the mouth signal.
Every player aspires for that snuggle when they are out on the field. Nothing ever got me fired up when I wrestled like when coach would offer to let me cuddle his puppy between periods.
On the Internet tombstone of Greg Robinson's Michigan D-coordinator career, this GIF will be placed for all eternity. Book it.
Wasn't it a stuffed wolverine? Bizarre and cute at the same time. Def. good comic relief right now.
A man once said Teddy Ruxbin and HR Puffnstuff would be good defensive coordinators. Gerg is merely following that advice.
Maybe this is some kind of inside joke? Somebody in the locker room after practice made a wisecrack about a teddy bear that had everyone in stitches and GERG just decided to milk it for all it was worth? I sure hope that's what it was.
Your explanation is the only one that makes any sense. Still, it's a strange thing to do when you're getting your ass handed to you. I think it's right up there with John L. slapping himself on-camera.
get your shoes and coats on. We are leaving. Grandpa has lost his F$#%ing mind again....
The only comforting thought is that we hopefully have one - at most two - more games with Greg Robinson as the DC. Assuming Rich Rod's back - which I do - he has got to get DC #3 right.
I feel like we can't know for sure that he got DC #1 wrong. Schafer is doing quite well right now.
I get that the Cuse was pretty much a dumpster fire when he got his hands on it. However, why is it that RichRod doesn't get credit for his accomplishments in the Big East, but Schafer does?
Richrod doesn't get credit for his success in the Big East? According to who? The UNNACCEPTABLE'S? Michigan could win the NC next year and they'd be pissed that Rodriguez isn't Jim Harbaugh.
Michigan could win the NC next year and they'd be pissed that Rodriguez isn't Jim Harbaugh
Because only the most spoiled of fans would be upset to have lost 17 of 23 conference games?
Does someone need a stuffed animal snuggle session?
I disagree strongly with that characterization of the state of SU football when GERG got there. I realize that "dumpster fire" is an imprecise term, but here is the record of Robinson's immediate predecessor, Paul Pasqualoni, starting with his first season in 1991:
10-2, 10-2, 6-4, 7-4, 9-3, 9-3, 9-4, 8-4, 7-5, 6-5, 10-3, 4-8, 6-6, 6-6; with 6 bowl victories along the way.
Yes, the last three years were substandard, but the previous 11 seasons totaled 91 wins and 39 losses. That's a pretty solid record. If SU was a dumpster fire with this record, then UM is currently Chernobyl.
It's a stuffed beaver. They get the beaver whenever someone forces a turnover (no wonder we never saw it before) Nobody really knows why, not the players, managers, or MGoBlog.
Just thought I'd clear up some confusion, and create some more too.
Beaver can be a great motivator.
GERG must go...that was a winnable game, even after the first half flop on offense. Youth is no excuse for bad tackling...Coach R must go out and hire the best DC available and allow that DC to hire his own staff.
And by the way, hire Brandon Kornblue to coach kicking and special teams..
OK, my first post, and I am old, so please cut me some slack.. UM grad, living in Smurf Turf land since 1985. Son went to UM. GERG gotta go. Agree with earlier post that Shafer may have been the right guy. RR said earlier this year that he primarily works with the offense and does little with the defense. DBrandon needs to convince RR that we need to hire a quality DC and let him run the defense, schemes and everything including the supporting cast of defensive coaches. This may be tough for RR, but I think he needs to critically re-evaluate his buddies and make changes. RR needs to understand his own limitations (which we all have) and DB needs to get him there. DB must be willing to double the present DC salary in order to get a quality guy(and should probably double Calvin's salary at the same time.)
Stats don't lie. UM allowed Mass to score 37 points on us. Only team to allow Mass to score more this year was Maine at 39! The following teams held Mass to less than 37 points - Wm & Mary, Holy Cross, Stonybrook!, Towson!, Richmond, New Hampshire, James Madison, Delaware and Rhode Island!
We gave up 21 points to Bowling Green. Tulsa, Kent State, CMU, Miami (OH) and Toledo gave up less with Troy, Buffalo, Ohio, and Temple holding BG to under 27. Our third string players should be better, and play better, than any of the above teams.
I am not convinced Casteel is the guy, as he is too closely wedded to RR. Need to be creative. I'll throw out a longshot - how about Justin Wilcox from TN. Has two years remaining on a $625,000 contract, is young, but the mastermind of Boise State's defense which has been topnotch for the last few years - anybody remember the Oregon game from last year?. Clearly can coach guys up, which the current group of defensive coaches seem unable to do. Hell, BSU's top defensive lineman is a walkon and a highschool safety! Also, look at Kyle Wilson - a previous 2 star, unranked highschool prospect that went in the first round of last year's draft.
GERG gotta go!
I think I might prefer someone that nibbles on the field turf.
Is this real or is this a photoshop job?
Serious. First I've heard of this stuffed animal thing. I guess my take-a-joke meter is broken right now.
I sooooo did not want to read that.
Jeebus. I mean.... wow. Wow. I ... wow.
Lately with all the pondering about the football staff and expectations for them, I've been wondering about what might be some commonalities amongst the most successful head football coaches. Not people that took over at schools loaded with 4/5 star guys, but the ones like Jim Harbaugh of whom prior to gaining the 'elite' status, took jobs with traditionally unsuccessful programs and quickly began fielding solid teams while creating a winning culture. Personally, I never played football past middle school so by no means do I have an in-depth knowledge of the game. I'm always thinking, though, if there's a sort of 'it' factor shared amongst the top coaches.
Unlike most other team sports, when I think about the role of a head football coach whose team has well over 100 guys, I imagine position coaches, and coordinators to some degree, are the ones handling most of the teaching and development of players. Then of course the coordinators have the major responsibility of schematics and game management.
In a sport such as basketball, on the other hand, a good head coach probably works much more closely with all their players seeing as they have like 10x fewer guys. For instance, I've heard many times that Beilein regularly has individual workouts with everybody on the team in which they focus on some particular aspect of the player's game. With football though, it's obviously not feasible to work intimately with every single player frequently like that.
I do realize that many head coaches are often very well versed on at least one side of the ball which may even involve their own unique system, as was the case with Rich Rodriguez. Although we all know how horrid the defense was during his three years. That of course involves GERG and rubbing his stuffed beaver all over Kenny Demens. OBLIGATORY:
Hence, it was quite clear RichRod wasn't a big defensive guy. Hell, that Illinois game in 2010 had a combined score of 127 points. It was pretty exciting to watch, but the 65 scored on us by Illinois of all teams must be up there in the record books.
As for Rodriguez, he obviously called the shots on offense, but Hoke seems to leave nearly all the play calling up to his coordinators. Then during practices I imagine most the teaching/development of guys falls on the assistants as well. So I'm really curious what it is about the Jim Harbaugh type of guys that, in general, helps them reach such a high level of success? I realize all coaches take a somewhat different approach based on their individual football philosophies, personal characteristics, the specific style of play they want to implement, etc. And certainly there are some exceptionally innovative people like RichRod who thrived (just not at Michigan) based off of a new, unique system they established. However, it just seems like there's got to be something very significant that really sets a guy apart in order to become one of the game's elite coaches.
That said, I feel like all coaches need to be great leaders and have the ability to establish very good chemistry amongst the team. However, my best guess as to what could be an important quality for reaching a high level of success involves a coach being able to fully earn every possible bit of respect and trust from his team; one that can really motivate his guys to play with a great deal of heart and passion. Traits such as these are pretty obvious though and can be applied to any coach, regardless of their sport.
So it would be cool if anyone that has more football knowledge than me could provide some input on what might be potential key characteristics and attributes of the best head football coaches. I'm sure people here on The Blog have personal experiences that could have shaped their opinions on the matter as well. I'm just all around very curious, particularly when we have a guy like Brady Hoke who has so much faith in his staff, namely the coordinators of whom are really integral to his success.
Wow I definitely just went on a tangent there...probably could use a lesson on concision.
Figured this might be worth posting since we're obviously a basketball school. /s...kind of.
Although it isn't something that was published in an academic journal or anything, I found this to be a pretty interesting article by a faculty member of the business school at Emory University. Basically, he's trying to identify which college basketball programs do the best job of getting their guys into the NBA draft while taking into account how players were rated coming out of high school. In other words, what schools have the best coaches when it comes to talent evaluation and player development.
Taken into consideration are the ratings of all division I recruits from 2002 onward and each player selected beginning with the 2006 NBA draft. There isn't any complex methodology involved, or even anything you wouldn't know without taking Intro to Stats. Regardless, it seems like a fairly decent, objective approach that makes for a reasonable analysis.
Here are the results they came up with. The first table considers players taken in both rounds. The second table, however, only factors in guys that went in the 1st round. So generally speaking, that's probably the more meaningful set of results given that those taken in the 2nd round are much less likely to make a final roster.
Heyyyy what a surprise, John Beilein is awesome.
There's also this little gem from another page that's a year old, but on the same topic.
Perhaps the most interesting result we can extract from this analysis is which schools struggle to convert talent into NBA players: out of the 68 BCS schools evaluated, Duke finished at 51 and Michigan State at 61. In the case of Michigan State, only two of the six 5-Star recruits were drafted. Even worse, none of the twelve 4-Star recruits were drafted. So while Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski are great coaches when it comes to tournament success, a high school recruit may want to think twice before choosing these schools.